Moving house with your pet

Moving house can be an exciting time for the whole family, but it can also be particularly stressful for our pets.

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With different surroundings, new neighbours and the clutter of moving boxes, pets can become agitated and anxious by the change. However, there are some things you can do to help keep your pet’s stress levels to a minimum and make the moving process easier for everyone.

Microchip your pets

It’s always a good idea to microchip your pets, and it’s a legal requirement for dogs older than eight weeks in the UK. Microchipping becomes even more important if you move to a new area.

If they decide to explore their new surroundings, your pet can be easily identified by their microchip if they go missing. If your pet’s already chipped, now’s the time to make sure their microchip details are up to date, including their new address.

Designate a space for your pet

Creating a separate space for your pet can be a great way to help them adjust to their surroundings in their own time. Designate a room or quiet corner and fill it with food, water, and your pet’s favourite toys to help them feel comfortable.

Check in on them regularly, so they know you haven’t abandoned them.

Keep cats indoors

We advise that you don’t let your cat outdoors for at least two weeks after you move. This is because they’ll be used to finding their way back to their old home; a new home may potentially cause them to become lost or stranded.

Keeping cats indoors for a fortnight will allow them to adjust to their new environment and will reduce the possibility of them trying to venture back to the old house.

Keep a routine

If your pets are used to being fed or let outside at a certain time of day, try and continue to stick to their routine. This will increase their sense of security and reduce their stress levels.

If you have a cat, make sure you introduce them to the new location of their litter tray as soon as possible.

Dog owners should take their pet out on a lead each day to show them their new natural environment, particularly if you don’t have a garden.

You can also use products like Adaptil or Feliway, which release pheromones that can help your pet settle into their new surroundings.

Stay calm

One way you can help keep your pet calm is by staying calm yourself. Take some time to relax once you move in - it’ll reassure your pets and they’ll appreciate being able to spend time with you. Pets can be very intuitive and often sense whenever you’re on edge.

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